Creative Writing & Editing

Your class is uplifting and inspirational. J.H. Revive Wordsmiths participant  
Jacqueline previously tutored several creative writing sessions for the Revive Wordsmiths Writing Group based at GMRC, South Nitshill, Glasgow and is a member of the Society of Authors 

You can visit her dedicated author website at WordsmithJacqueline


PORTFOLIO

InspireBook3‘Inspiration from the Common Wealth of Writers to Boost Creativity.’ Every writer will find something to inspire them in this book featuring writers from America to Zimbabwe, including e.g. Ryan Van Winkle, Kei Miller, Liz Niven and Tawona Sithole.

Jacqueline Smith has worked professionally and creatively to compile a series of interviews by contemporary writers. This collection of material will be inspirational and supportive to any writers seeking insight into the writing process. Jacqueline’s method of investigating the writing world and her thorough approach to processing the material are to be commended. Her… book will join the shelves of aspiring and accomplished writers and contain content with relevance to all.’ 
 Liz Niven, Award-winning Poet; author of ‘The Shard Box’

Print edition available HERE and from Fleming Press since 2015.

First published as an E-book in 2013 by Pothole Press now re-released on Amazon HERE

Six Step W.E.A.L.T.H Course for Writers

to Boost Creativity

Based on the Inspiration from the Common Wealth of Writers Book above- For Details CONTACT wordsmith.jacqueline(at)gmail.com


‘The Scottish Witchfinder has a strong narrative line with moments of tension which keep the reader interested. It has a fascinating glimpse into 17th century Scotland and its struggle with witchcraft, Covenanters, slavery and people-trafficking. All of these topics and themes are realised in the 21st century story also. I like the way the similar themes cross the centuries and are examined in their own time frame.’
Liz Niven, award winning author of ‘The Shard Box’

‘The Scottish Witchfinder.’ An adventure across the centuries when Jamaican Mercy Douglas, takes possession of a 17th century journal written by the historical figure Janet Douglas, a Scottish witchfinder. On travelling to Scotland to verify whether the journal’s author is her ancestor she finds some witches of her own. 

AVAILABLE TO BUY HERE!

Read ‘Dumbie & the Devil’-The Ballad of Janet Douglas HERE


 “Fabulous story and really well written.  I enjoyed it…It really is brilliant.” Ruby McCann, author of Duke Street Blues and other poems

I enjoyed the descriptions of places and of the people’s experiences….really uplifting and mesmerising. The characters and settings are very convincing and believable, and the descriptive language is memorable …lovely.Carol McKay, author of Ordinary Domestic

The Two Seeings E-BOOK: 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07G7NPQ8B

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The Two Seeings PRINT Edition

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1789262305

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Speaking Woman whispers beyond time and through spirits known and unknown to Morag MacAulay, and sometimes they just downright interfere!

Awaiting Morag across continents and time is an initiation as a High Priestess in the Indus Valley in 4BC, a magical reinvention as a Gnostic Saviouress on 16th Century Mallorca and the French déjà vu of Morag’s teenage years is finally solved in her third remembrance and she thinks maybe she’d have been better off not knowing!

Khanti, her pre-ordained consort, follows her through the many adventures that she relives on her journey from one life to the next as she wonders what to do when somehow ‘Betray Me’ seems to be stamped on her forehead.

She could use some help to figure out why and how it all began and how she can prevent it happening again. But what do her local medium Mhairi, her wise-cracking friend Maggie and would-be lover Enrique, think of all those strange dreams and second sight visions?

Is Morag wacky or wise and will she find the love, friendship and meaning that she seeks? Will she be able to leave her dead-end life and very dead father’s ghost, behind?

A painted leaf, a clay whistle, a steamy bath and that voice whispering in her ear. Who knows where will it all end or does it ever end?


SHORT STORIES 

  • ‘Waiting’-Prizewinner: Castlemilk Poverty Action S.S. Comp.(1998)
  • ‘Lullaby’- Anthology -‘Weaving Life’s Tale’; New Fiction Ltd.(2009)

NOVELS – Works in Progress… 

  • Kisi Bondu Mystery Series
  • The House of Breath

ARTICLES

POETRY

  • Dumbie & the Devil‘ – The Ballad of Janet Douglas (Jan.2012) Issue 7. Long Poem Magazine
  • ‘Space of my Own’-Anthology(Sept.2009) ‘Poetic Expressions’ Forward Press Ltd.
  • ‘How was I to Know?’-Anthology(July 2009)-‘United in Words’ Forward Press Ltd.
  • ‘Summer Rain’–Anthology (Jan.2009)-‘Life’s Serenity’; Forward Press Ltd.
  • ‘Did ye See That?’-(Sept.2008) in Anthology-‘Smile Away the Hours’; Forward Press Ltd.
  • ‘Muted Hellion-Poetry 2007’- Indie Collection, available at selected Glasgow Libraries
  • ‘Bicentennial’ –  (2007)  Anthology-‘Forever Spoken’; International Poetry Society
  • ‘The Sword of Love’ – (2004) Anthology-Dogma Publications
  • ‘It’s Cold’, – Big Issue Magazine (2002)
  • ‘Faith of our Fathers’ – Dakini Magazine (1987)

EDITING SERVICES for Novel Manuscripts and Short Stories. Read the details below then click the BOOK NOW button to arrange your FREE 15 min consultation.

LEVELS OF EDITING AVAILABLE

MANUSCRIPT CRITIQUE gives you fast, actionable feedback. The focus is on the narrative of your story, with discussion centering on things like plot structure, characterisation, and author voice.

The end result is a clear, concise editorial report on the things you can do to find the best form of your story, supported by examples from the manuscript. 

The report isn’t just about identifying these issues, but about suggesting ways to fix them. Maybe it’s a case of changing the order of events, removing a problem section, or refocusing on the key events of your story – the aim is always that you will come away from the report knowing how your story can be improved.

A 20-minute consultation is included in the fee, giving you the chance to ask questions and/or seek clarification on the report’s contents. Consultation can be carried out by phone, Skype or email, depending on what suits you.

DEVELOPMENTAL EDITING provides detailed feedback on your manuscript.

After telling us the goals you’d like to achieve, we’ll begin a developmental edit of your work.

Tailored to your goals and your manuscript, the report is a unique examination of your story and its inner workings, all intended to help you take early or stalled drafts to publishable quality.

The developmental editing process is a malleable relationship between editor and author, heavily dependent on what the author wants to achieve and the level of input they want from their editor. The aim is to provide you with a range of possibilities and, most importantly, a full understanding of the expert advice you’ve received.

A 30-minute consultation is included in the fee, giving you the chance to ask questions and seek any clarifications about the report and manuscript notes. Consultation can be carried out by phone, Skype or email, depending on what suits you.

COMPREHENSIVE EDITING is the most in-depth level of book editing we offer. It’s a unique blend of:

  • line editing
  • editorial comments
  • a written report

Line Editing

A line edit focuses on the language you use to tell your story. Are your words clear and precise? Is your language enjoyable to read? Is your voice strong and consistent?

Your line editor may delete, insert, reword, or move words, phrases, and sentences in your manuscript. The purpose is to improve readability, flow, and meaning.

Track changes in Word are used so you can easily see your editor’s changes and can accept or reject them.

Editorial Comments

Your editor will give you specific feedback on anything that could be strengthened.

Comments will be made in the margins of your manuscript.

Editor’s Report

The editor’s report focuses on crucial issues that will not only improve your manuscript, but will give you the creative tools to become a better writer.

Common issues that an editor might include in their report are things like clunky dialogue, slow passages, plot holes, inconsistent author voice, or over-description. The report isn’t just about identifying these issues, but about suggesting ways to fix them. Maybe it’s a case of changing the order of events, removing a problem section or refocusing on the key events of your story – the aim is always that you will come away from the report knowing how your story can be improved.

A 45 minute consultation is included in the fee and can be carried out by phone, in person or using Skype.

Contact Jacqueline for details on: +447817229771 or at wordsmith.jacqueline(at)gmail.com